Sam Anderson, the head bartender at Mission Chinese Food in New York, was sitting on a panel of mixologists last spring when the conversation turned to baijiu, the national drink of China.
A look back at the year’s headlines and ten months of weekly reflections on U.S.–China relations might suggest a rising rivalry. In reality, however, 2015 was the year longstanding tensions went public, in no small part due to changes in U.S. policy.
As Wall Street looks to predict the global economic outlook in 2016, one of the top questions is uncertainty regarding China.
China's economic influence across Africa is as controversial as it is irrefutable. On Friday 4 December, president Xi Jinping announced a three-year plan to boast cooperation with the African continent. The $60bn package includes 10 major projects that extend from poverty reduction to trade facilitation.
Western democracies approach the Paris summit as though they are still in control of the world’s destiny. But while they – we – are still important, the baton of power is gradually being passed to the emerging world, and particularly to China. It is the world’s largest emitter of carbon dioxide, and the emerging economies as a whole contribute double the carbon emissions of the entire developed world.
It seems hard to lose track of an entire city. But that appears to be what’s taken place – and not just once, but over and over again. The infamous “ghost cities” of China have become a favourite internet meme of the past half-decade. These ghost cities are meant to be sprawling wastelands of empty streets and uninhabited megastructures, without a human being in sight. But for all the discussion, do these places really exist?
A hundred years ago, Amadeo Modigliani painted a portrait of his wild British mistress splayed across a red velvet throw, nude, her hips arched, her kohl-rimmed eyes shut. The artist was hardly trying to play it safe – Paris officials promptly shut down the show where the work was first exhibited.
For years, multinational companies have been rubbing their hands together in anticipation of the growth of the Chinese middle class.
China delayed scrapping its one-child policy out of fear that the population would expand too rapidly, a senior official said on Tuesday — despite the fact demographers say the birth rate was already dwindling before it was introduced in 1979.
If there is any bubble in China, it’s a negativity bubble.
She was born in Beijing and has lived there all her life. But like millions of others conceived in violation of China's one-child policy, as far as the state is concerned Li Xue does not exist.
More babies in China could mean a lot more babies drinking baby formula.
A young man clad in a white shirt, black pants and red belt suddenly scrambled up the side of a log house and slid feet first into a second-story latticed window.
China may be the world's second-largest economy behind the US, but it has more money in the bank than any other country.
It’s too easy to think China’s economy is in a downward spiral, given recent headlines in the US press, from “China’s Middle-Class Dreams in Peril” to “Is China Really Collapsing?”
The average Chinese worker puts in somewhere between 2,000 and 2,200 hours each year, Wang Qi, a researcher at Beijing Normal University, told the Wall Street Journal last year.
Australia and New Zealand risk losing a global arms race for big-spending Chinese holidaymakers unless they improve their services and infrastructure, jeopardizing hopes that tourism will fill the economic hole left by the commodities downturn.
When China’s new leaders, President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang, came into power in November 2013, they denounced the previous leadership’s formula for producing growth. They were right to do so — this formula relied on export of cheap goods and government investment for growth, and benefited state-owned enterprises at the cost of private companies and consumers. The new leadership declared that it was going to let the market play a decisive role in the economy, but now they are turni…
There are many good reasons to be spooked about economic stability in China—but the performance of its markets isn’t one of them.
Growth in China's investment and factory output in August has come in below forecasts, in a further indication that the world's second-largest economy is losing steam.